COP 24

Katowice, Poland
2-14 December 2018

IISD at the Katowice Climate Change Conference

Climate negotiators meeting in Katowice, Poland from December 2 to 14 have a daunting task ahead. This meeting marks the deadline to finish work on the rules and guidelines that will help countries implement the Paris Agreement.

Experts from the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) will take part in discussions, promote research, and convene events at the conference. IISD Reporting Services, through its Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB) Meeting Coverage, will provide daily coverage of the negotiations and relevant side events.

Resources

A short guide to COP 24

Find out what's on the agenda in Katowice, what happened in past meetings and where you can learn more.

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Daily meeting coverage

Bookmark this site for daily reports, side events coverage, photos, videos, summaries and analyses from IISD Reporting Services.

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SDG Knowledge Hub

Keep up with all the latest news about SDG 13—'Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts'.

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Is it Adaptation or Development?

Trying to draw sharp distinctions isn't necessarily helpful or reflective of realities on the ground.

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'State of Play'

These posters highlight the current status of NAP processes in some of the countries participating in the NAP Global Network.

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Getting on Target

A look at how reforming fossil fuel consumption subsidies could interact with energy access goals.

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Daily Video Coverage

Katowice Climate Change Conference Highlights from Thursday, 13 December

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Areas of Focus

Eliminating harmful subsidies

Fiscal constraints and a desire for more inclusive and stable economies are adding pressure on governments to reform harmful subsidies.

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Adapting to climate change

Achieving sustainable development requires addressing the underlying factors that increase vulnerability to climate change and limit the capacity to adapt.

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Sustainable electricity systems

Electricity systems must recover operating costs, invest for the future, provide reliable electricity and meet environmental and social objectives.

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Embracing a circular economy

In a circular economy, products are designed, produced and used in a way that feeds into the reduction of waste and facilitates the regeneration of natural systems.

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Gender equality and women’s empowerment

A sustainable future cannot be achieved without equality for women. Gender considerations must be included in all sustainable development work and climate action.

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Climate change mitigation

Helping policy-makers identify and prioritize options for reducing emissions and tackling climate change is essential to achieving broader sustainable development objectives.

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Recent Blogs

Using Blockchain for Resilience

Disruptive technology can be applied to increase the resilience of individuals, communities and ecosystems. Here are five encouraging examples.

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The 'End of Coal' COP?

Although COP24 was always intended to be a "technical" conference focused on finalizing the details required to operationalize the Paris Agreement, there is potential for a strong political element to the discussion.

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The economics of climate change

William Nordhaus, who won the Nobel Prize for Economics, argues the most sensible response to climate externalities is also straightforward: price carbon pollution.

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IISD Events at COP

Alignment to Advance Climate-Resilient Development: Linking NAPs and NDCs

This session will explore ways to advance implementation of adaptation needs and goals by realizing linkages between the NAP process and NDCs. It will highlight the outcomes of a recent assessment of 15 countries perspectives on alignment, focusing on linking NAPs and NDCs as a basis for broader alignment towards climate-resilient development. Following a framing presentation, an interactive panel discussion with short inputs from country representatives and experts will follow as a basis for discussion among participants.

when
Monday, December 3, 12:00-13:15
where
NDC Partnership Pavilion
partners
NAP Global Network

Just Transition for All – Solid Research Evidence and Implementation Pathways

when
Monday, December 3, 13:00-17:00
where
Poland Pavilion
partners
Climate Strategies

Climate Resilient Development - Comprehensive climate risk management strategies to secure livelihoods for all

when
Thursday, December 6, 12:00-13:30
where
German Pavilion
partners
Germany's Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)

Driving NDC Implementation – the Role of Global Initiatives and Networks

when
Friday, December 7, 12:00-13:30
where
German Pavilion
partners
Germany’s Federal Ministry of the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU)

Achieving universal energy access in a low-carbon future

when
7 December 2018, 13:30-14:30
where
UN DESA/GEIDCO Pavilion
partners
International Energy Agency

Financing the Just Transition: Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform and Reinvestment to Communities

when
Friday, December 7, 16:45-18:15
where
Wisla
partners
IISD, FARN and Government of New Zealand

Development & Climate Days

when
Saturday, December 8 and Sunday, December 9, 8:30-17:30
where
Hotel Diament Arsenal Palace
partners
Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre (RCCC), IIED and other partners

Upscaling Clean Energy from Fossil Fuel Subsidies Swaps

when
Monday, December 10, 10:15-11:45
where
Nordic Council of Ministers Pavilion
partners
Nordic Council of Ministers

The Implementation Challenge of Adaptation within the Paris Agreement

when
Monday, December 10, 11:30am-13:00
where
Narew
partners
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), World Federation of Engineering Organizations

Enhancing Ambition by Addressing Fossil Fuel Supply Through a Just Transition and Managed Decline

when
Monday, December 10, 11:30-13:00
where
Warmia
partners
Oil Change International, Global Witness, Stockholm Environment Institute

Capacity Building Day

Session 1: Capacity-building towards a just transition and green jobs

Session 2: Capacity-building for achieving low emissions and climate resilient strategies in cities, local government and communities

Session 3: Capacity -building to raise finance for low emissions and climate resilient strategies

Session 4: Capacity-building initiatives for low emissions and climate resilient strategies in transparency

when
Tuesday, December 11, 9:00-17:00
where
Capacity Building Hub, RYSY Meeting Room 24 - Area E
partners
Paris Committee on Capacity-building

Fossil Fuel Subsidies, Climate Change, and Sustainable Energy: Launch of the Friends’ Network

when
Tuesday, December 11, 14.30-15.00
where
Press Conference Room 2, Area 4, Theatre
partners
IISD, Friends of Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform

Launch of Fiji’s First National Adaptation Plan

when
Wednesday, December 12, 9:30-10:30
where
Pacific & Koronivia Pavilion
partners
Government of Fiji

Towards a Thriving Carbon Neutral Industry in Europe

when
13 December 2018, 12:30-14:00
where
EU Pavilion, Room Brussels
partners
European Commission DG RTD, Carbon Market Watch and SPIRE PPP

IISD Team at COP

Richard Bridle

Senior Policy Advisor and Lead, Renewable Energy

Angie Daze

Associate, Resilience

Ziona Eyob

Media and Communications Officer

Philip Gass

Philip Gass

Senior Policy Advisor

Langston James "Kimo" Goree VI

Vice-President, Reporting Services

Patrick Guerdat

Country Engagement Officer

Anne Hammill

Director, Resilience

Christian Ledwell

Program Manager, NAP Global Network

Laura Merrill

Laura Merrill

GSI Manager and Senior Policy Advisor

Lourdes Sanchez

Policy Advisor

Anika Terton

Anika Terton

Project Manager, Resilience

Peter Wooders

Group Director, Energy